Marge was our model last week. I’ve captured her many times in pastel, but this is my first attempt at an oil portrait of her. She has such a wise interesting face and personality. Its always a challenge to somehow imbue the physical painting with a bit of the model’s spiritual essence. Although I strive to capture a likeness, I also want to catch that internal spark as well.
Below are some of the pastel portraits of Marge from 2 and 3 years ago…
I’m proud to announce that I am now being represented by Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, Michigan. This fine art gallery in northern Michigan (near the Sleeping Bear Dunes) offers a large selection of work by accomplished Michigan artists. They will be handling some of my pastel paintings during the “Up North” season. If you have the chance, please drop by at:
I am also honored to be represented in Michigan by:
I tend to think of Florida as a tropical place filled with crazy color and huge palm trees. But that’s really the tourist view of the state. Off the coasts there are deeply wooded swamps and wetlands that have a completely different feel. I often seek those out-of-the-way places when we travel.
This pastel waterscape painting was created on site at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Southern Florida. There are miles of planked walkways that wander through the jungle-like wetlands. Its usually not too crowded so I just set up my easel at one of the viewing stations and paint away. People are always interested and stop to chat.
I used a warm gray sanded paper for this piece, because I wanted to leave some of it showing thru the painting. The grey unified all of the other colors and helped give a subdued effect to the piece.
This artwork was created with:
I have been dealing with chaotic times and haven’t been painting as much as I would like. My mom has had health issues and my sisters and I are managing her care. It is amazing how much time it takes to be a good health advocate for someone you love.
Still playing with oils and luckily have been able to carve out time to attend my weekly portrait sessions. When I walked into our classroom last week, I was floored to see that our model was a friend from a completely different area of my life. I know him as a kind, sweet man and he was a joy to paint. Some of his karma must have rubbed off on me because I think this is my favorite oil painting so far. Its a very good likeness of Tull, but, even more important for me at this stage, the brush strokes are loose and sure and the colors are well integrated. Although I appreciate ultra realistic paintings, I want to paint works where the artist’s hand is visible and generates interest and energy…
I have been working on a few oil seascapes and landscapes from reference photos I took “up North” last spring. It seems that the images that attract me are always from my favorite little roadside park between Petoskey and Charlevoix. There’s just something about that spot that flips my switch! I like the meandering sand paths that lead down to the shore.
Yesterday I delivered 6 large pastel paintings for the Terra Nova Exhibit at the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The show will run from April 1st- May 19th. Barb Williams from Upend Art and two other artists, Nora Venturelli and Fran Wolok, curated the show. Their description for the show:
Artists strive for new ground, exploring the familiar and not-so-familiar in search of ways to expand themselves and their bodies of work. TERRA NOVA at the Power Center for the Performing Arts charts the discoveries of 13 mid-career artists in 55 works, including drawings, fibers, paintings and photography. All work is available for purchase and offered commission free.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Hours: Show is open beginning one hour prior to and during these events:
03/14 UpstART 7:30 pm
4/04/14 Game Over Step Show 7:00 pm
4/05/14 That Brown Show 7:00 pm
4/17/14 Les Miserables 7:30 pm
4/18/14 Les Miserables 8:00 pm
4/19/14 Les Miserables 8:00 pm
4/20/14 Les Miserables 2:00 pm
5/02/14 Commencements 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
5/03/14 Commencements 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
5/16/14 Young People’s Theatre 7:00 pm
5/17/14 Young People’s Theatre 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
5/18/14 Young People’s Theatre 2:00 pm